Ngon Pok, 80, said he was around six when he got his first tattoo. ‘People had to catch me and hold me down.’ Photo: AFP Ngon Pok, 80, said he was around six when he got his first tattoo. ‘People had to catch me and hold me down.’ Photo: AFP
Ngon Pok, 80, said he was around six when he got his first tattoo. ‘People had to catch me and hold me down.’ Photo: AFP

Myanmar tribal tradition where bringing a human head back from battle got a ‘reward’ – agonising tattoos for you and your family

  • Dozens of Naga tribes live in Myanmar in the far north, where they commonly waged war and reportedly cut off their enemies’ heads as late as the 1960s
  • Warriors who returned to their village with a head celebrated by getting painful tattoos – and their family would often follow suit

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Ngon Pok, 80, said he was around six when he got his first tattoo. ‘People had to catch me and hold me down.’ Photo: AFP Ngon Pok, 80, said he was around six when he got his first tattoo. ‘People had to catch me and hold me down.’ Photo: AFP
Ngon Pok, 80, said he was around six when he got his first tattoo. ‘People had to catch me and hold me down.’ Photo: AFP
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